Welcome!

My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.


In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 49 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.



Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.



This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.






Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:


Mr. Shane Watson

93A9384

Fishkill Correctional Facility

PO Box 1245

Beacon, NY 12508


































































Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's Happening With Shane's Case?

I received an email this morning from our friend Doris Kersten in Pleasantville, NY, wondering what is going on with Shane's case right now. This prompted me to write this update.

We are now awaiting a decision from the NY State Appellate Court. Our attorney, Robert Boyle, filed a motion on August 21, 2014 to the appellate court, asking that Judge Richard Price's denial of our previous motion be overturned. Essentially, this means that Mr. Boyle officially requested that Shane's conviction be vacated, or that Shane at least be given a new trial, based on our new evidence and the overwhelming evidence already in place which supports Shane's innocence.

Now all we can do is wait for the appellate court to render a decision. Typically, these decisions are delivered within six months of the petition, so presumably we should be hearing something by mid-February.

In the meantime, please feel free to write to Shane and show your support:

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
c/o Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508
 
Thank you,
Will Duchon


Friday, January 9, 2015

A Reminder from Doug Walters

As Shane has entered his 21st year of wrongful incarceration, I think these words from our investigator Doug Walters serve as a powerful reminder of what this case is all about. Doug wrote these words as part of his superb summary of the case back in 2012:



My conclusions about the case of Shane Watson are that this case represents a complete and deliberate miscarriage of justice. This is not a case of a witness misleading the authorities, but of the authorities willingly suborning a witness. The actions, and inaction of the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney in this case go far beyond negligence, and constitute actual malfeasance. The NYPD and Bronx District Attorney showed an obvious contempt for Shane Watson and his family by fabricating a case against him in order to lock him up for life. They showed a complete disregard for Mark Johnson and his family by treating his murder as merely an occasion for obtaining a false conviction with a base minimum of work. They showed a contempt for the professional standards which are supposed to govern everyone in the criminal justice system. And they showed contempt for the constitution they were sworn to uphold and the society they were supposed to protect by disdaining to make the slightest effort to look for the person who actually committed this brutal murder in the midst of a neighborhood suffering the repeated trauma of senseless violence.

When the sordid and unjust dealings of the guardians of law and order in this case become obvious to us, our response should be to “let justice roll down like waters”, but the American criminal justice system is a calcified institution, often consumed by an obsession with process and procedure to the exclusion of weightier matters like justice and compassion. However obvious the right thing to do might seem, we still have a long and difficult road with many institutional obstacles to overcome before any of the victims in the Shane Watson case can be made whole.


CLOSING THOUGHTS

As a postscript, I am happy to say that my involvement in this case has been a blessing and an inspiration to me, and what I take to be a revelation of God’s grace in Shane Watson’s life. While imprisonment has certainly had a corrupting and degrading effect on many lives, Shane Watson has truly been turned into another man. He has an unblemished disciplinary record in prison and has been on the “honor block” at Green Haven for many years. He got his G.E.D. in prison (by the wisdom of politicians, college programs in New York State prisons were discontinued many years ago) and has worked in the upholstery shop with an excellent record. He was baptized in 1996 and attends church services regularly. He is a faithful student with a better knowledge of the Bible than almost anyone I have ever met outside of an academic setting. Shane is devoted to his wife Paula and to his two small children, Diana and Zion. In the midst of terrible circumstances I have never heard him utter a word of bitterness against anyone, and he leads a life of quiet witness to his faith. Truly can Shane Watson say to his persecutors, as Joseph said to his brothers, “As for you, you meant it against me for evil, but God meant it for good.”


Douglas Walters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TIME FOR SANITY

On this night, just seven days before Christmas 2014, here is an important and timely plea.

On behalf of Shane Watson's supporters, family, friends, and most importantly, Shane himself, I call upon the Appellate Court to exercise mercy and SANITY by granting Shane a new trial which would ultimately pave the way for Shane to FINALLY be free.

Next Thursday, Shane will spend his 22nd Christmas in prison, locked in a cage like an animal although he is an innocent man.

The message of Christmas is the healing power of light coming into the darkness. May December 25, 2014 be the last time Shane spends Christmas Day behind bars. May the Appellate Court have the wisdom and common sense to recognize how flawed and contrived the DA's case against Shane is, and has always been.

The criminal justice system's level of integrity is only as high as its ability to recognize and correct errors it makes. Let us hope that the Appellate Court displays such integrity.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

SEND SHANE A BIRTHDAY GREETING

Next Friday, November 21, 2014 will be Shane's 49th birthday. Shane entered prison just before his 28th birthday.


If you would like to send a card, I am sure that Shane will appreciate it. In a recent letter I promised Shane that from now on I will use LARGE FONT since he is becoming a senior citizen now.



Shane's address:

Mr. Shane Watson
c/o Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508





Monday, November 10, 2014

SEND DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO OUR ATTORNEY

Thank you for your support of Shane's case.


From this point forward all donations should be sent directly to our attorney, Robert Boyle.


Checks or money orders may be sent by mail:


ROBERT J. BOYLE
 277 Broadway, Suite 1501
 New York, NY 10007


Thank you!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Contributions needed!

We are trying to raise $3500 for current legal fees for the appeal.


 There are TWO easy ways to contribute:


1) PAYPAL: simply click on the "Donate" button on the homepage of this blog in order to make a secure online contribution via PayPal.


2) Mail a check to our attorney:


ROBERT J. BOYLE
 277 Broadway, Suite 1501
 New York, NY 10007




Thank you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Appeal to the NY State Supreme Court has been FILED

On August 21, 2014, our attorney, Robert Boyle filed a 36-page "Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Leave to Appeal" to the Appellate Division of the NY State Supreme Court.


This means that the Appellate Division will now decide whether or not to accept Mr. Boyle's arguments and overturn Judge Richard Price's denial of our previous motion. This is all a long-winded way of saying that the Appellate Court, should it accept the case for review, has the power to grant Shane a new trial. Mr. Boyle feels that the Appellate Court will, in fact, review the case and not reject it summarily.


The 36-page document prepared by Mr. Boyle states the facts of the case, and goes on to argue on Shane's behalf citing testimony from last summer's motion hearings in Judge Price's courtroom. It is compelling reading, by any account.


Thank you for your continued interest in this case. As always, I urge you to drop a line of encouragement to Shane :


Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508